Friday, August 12, 2011

Bauer Gift Certificates Available During the KCRW Pledge Drive

We already know that you’re a fan of Bauer Pottery, but if you also enjoy public radio, why not combine your passions and support KCRW? Their bi-annual pledge drive started last night and to support their fund raising, we’ve given ten $100 gift certificates as pledge premiums.

You can listen over the air all over Southern California, anywhere with an internet connection at or on your Android, Blackberry or iPhone.

Gift certificates can be redeemed over the phone (888) 213-0800 or at our showroom in Los Angeles, were you can purchase discounted seconds. Either way, you will also receive an additional discount when you show us your KCRW Fringe Benefits card.

In addition to the Bauer gift certificate and the Fringe Benefits card, you’ll be entered into all sorts of sweepstakes and daily drawings for prizes including trips to Barcelona, laptops, iPads and more. Listen to the pledge drive or check their web site for more details.

The Bauer gift certificates are only available at the time they are announced on the air, so you need to be listening when they make the announcement and then you can call in and claim one for yourself. The pledge line is (800) 600-KCRW or (800) 600-5279.


Monday, August 1, 2011

Pottery Repair & Restoration by Yesterware

Oil Jar during repair (left) and after (right)

We get the call once or twice a month.

A semi-distraught voice tells us how a vintage piece of Bauer, which has been in the family for a generation or two, got chipped, cracked or broken.

"Do you do repairs?"

"Can you match this glaze?"

"Do you sell a kit?"

Our answer to all of this type of question regrettably has been "no." We've also never had a good place to refer anyone for this type of work, until now.

We found Mike & Netta Yaeck while shopping for some vintage pieces on eBay. They were selling a Bauer Honey Jar bottom with a reproduction lid that they had made. After purchasing the honey jar from them we wanted to find out more about how they came to making vintage Bauer reproductions.

Mike & Netta have been working under the company name Yesterware out of their studio in Bakersfield for the past 10 years. While they were both collectors, they were not in the pottery business before Yesterware. He was a general contractor and she was a silversmith.

This Rebekah Vase was missing a handle before Yesterware created a new one.

Wanting to repair some of their own pieces, they researched repair techniques and started fixing up pottery as a hobby. The hobby became a full-time job and now they do a lot of custom work for auction houses as well as taking in private jobs.

Their service starts at $75.00 to repair chips and goes up from there. In addition to chip repair, they can fix cracks, reassemble broken pieces and even reproduce entire parts, as we found out with our honey pot.

If you have a piece that you'd like repaired, please call Mike & Netta at (661) 32-BAUER [22837] or by email at

Of course, if you need to replace a piece with some Bauer 2000, you can always give us a call!

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Bottom photo: D&M Tile, Los Angeles, circa 1930, repaired by Yesterware
All photos courtesy of Mike & Netta Yaeck of Yesterware.